The new documentary coming out about the “discovery of Jesus’ tomb” by
James Cameron (of Titanic and Terminator fame) has created some buzz in the past few days. (Sorry, someone told me it was produced by James Cameron, this was a mistake) Already, many from the Church are quickly dismissing it as non-sense primarily because the names in question on the tombs (Mary, Jesus, Judas) were terribly common in that period.
Another problem being raised is in the translation of the name “Mariamene” which Cameron claims is certain proof that the women buried in there is Mary Magdelene. The problem is that this not 100% accurate, and even secular historians argue over the words origins and meanings.
So, I will watch in interest, but of course not expecting anything life-changing out of it…much like the lost vault of Al Capone with Geraldo Rivera when I was in Jr. High.
I am less bothered by the claims of offspring or marriage when it comes to Jesus. Why? Because I don’t believe them to be “deal breakers” for my faith in Him as the God-man, the Messiah, the miracle man. I don’t tend to believe that He was married because there is no critical evidence to support the claim. The problem I have is the notion that they have found Christ’s bones is bunk. Not that I have anything against science, or archeology at all…nor that my faith hasn’t or can not bend around new discoveries, but because as a Bible scholar (of sorts) I can’t imagine why the disciples, and the Roman officials would go so far with their stories of the bodily resurrection as to lie about it (of course, it is recorded that the officials of the day quickly disseminated a rumor that the disciples had stolen the body – which, if that were true, then the body wouldn’t be neatly lying next to the boy and mother). I also can’t imagine Jesus’ being buried in such a public tomb. When, even after His death on the cross was laid in a private tomb, not a private one.
I do understand that this new “discovery” will add fire to those who seek to discredit my belief system. I expect it, and if this is disprove, they will find other “new revelations” to add in the future, such is the nature of faith.